Op-Ed by Lisa Mitchell: Creating Christmas memories together

Patriot photo by Lisa Mitchell Kutztown Patriot editor's daughter, Anna, 2 1/2, finds a model train by the tree on Christmas morning.

Christmas is more than just that chaotic moment of wrapping paper being torn and tossed, the shouts of “Wow!” and a day to play with new toys. There are the many moments leading up to Christmas morning.

It all started before Halloween. We walked into a local store and Christmas decorations were set up. “CHRISTMAS!!” shouted Anna. I was surprised to hear my daughter’s enthusiasm and knowledge about Christmas. For the next two months, she talked about Christmas, Santa, his reindeer and insisted on watching holiday movies. We watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” a lot. Yes, even at age 2 and a half, Anna knows who Santa and his reindeer are and that Santa delivers gifts to good boys and girls.

When I was growing up, Christmas Eve was a big day also. We watched Christmas movies all day and baked, a lot. There was much to prepare and decorate. We wore special Christmas pjs and hung our stockings before going to bed.

So, in keeping with tradition, we spent the day watching the old classics, “A Christmas Story,” “Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer,” “A Garfield Christmas” and “A Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol,” to name a few. This really brought back some good memories and brought out the child in me. I also spent most of the day baking and wrapping presents.

Then, on went the Christmas pjs (reindeer) and we hung the stockings and read the book “The Perfect Christmas Tree.” Anna really likes Christmas trees. We had no trouble getting Anna to go to bed, she knew Santa would not come until she was asleep.

Christmas morning, Anna came downstairs to find Santa had been at our house and he left her exactly what she wished. “Train!” she shouted.

What a moment! What a memory!

My favorite part of the day was seeing Anna be so overjoyed by the entire experience, to see the magic of Christmas come to life in her eyes.

I hope your holidays are just as memorable.

Lisa Mitchell is editor of The Kutztown Area Patriot and managing editor of Berks-Mont Newspapers. Wish to share your holiday memories, send to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

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